University of Otago: More national and global publicity #HydeStreet

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### 7:03PM Saturday March 21, 2015
Drunk shoulder-barges ambulance at Dunedin street party
Source: ONE News
A drunk man shoulder-barged the windscreen of a St Johns ambulance during the Hyde Street student party in Dunedin, covering a woman paramedic with shattered glass fragments. Police say the man damaged three vehicles including the ambulance driven by a sole female paramedic, causing her to be covered in glass fragments. They’re asking for any witnesses to the incident on Albany Street around 4pm to come forward.

“This is yet another example of the harm alcohol causes and the poor decision making of those under the influence,” says Inspector Mel Aitken, the officer in charge.

Police arrested a dozen people for a variety of offences including assault on security staff, fighting, disorder and offensive behaviour. Police say the Hyde Street party is far from what they deem a safe event following a spate of incidents involving the excessive consumption of alcohol.

“Despite the best efforts of organising staff to create an enjoyable occasion for students, the level of alcohol related harm and the risk to public safety still remains too high,” Inspector Aitken says.

The Hyde Street party has become a major event in the social calendar for many of Dunedin’s ‘scarfie’ population. Otago University Students Association took over running the annual part three years ago after unruly scenes in 2012 embarrassed the university.
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The party was “far from being what police deem a safe event”. –Inspector Mel Aitken, NZ Police

### NZ Herald Online 9:00 PM Saturday Mar 21, 2015
Dozen people arrested at Dunedin street party
By Matthew Theunissen – Herald on Sunday
A dozen people were arrested and a man smashed an ambulance window, covering a paramedic in glass, at a Dunedin street party tonight. Some 4,000 tickets were sold for the Hyde St keg party, an annual student blow-out known for its excessive alcohol consumption. In a statement released about 8.30pm, police said a dozen people had already been arrested for offences including assault on security staff, fighting, disorder and offensive behaviour. A particularly distressing incident involved an intoxicated male who damaged three vehicles including shoulder-barging the windscreen of a St Johns ambulance.
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3 News: Dunedin’s Hyde St party still far from safe – police [+ Video]
ODT: Drunken incidents mar Hyde St party [+ Video]

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: Hyde Street Party, Dunedin – ONE News screenshots by whatifdunedin


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24 responses to “University of Otago: More national and global publicity #HydeStreet

  1. Confused or confusing spin from the Inspector re the Hyde Street piss up.
    Inspector Mel Aitken was disappointed with the level of disorder.

    “Despite the best efforts of organising staff to create an enjoyable occasion for students, the level of alcohol related harm and the risk to public safety still remains too high,” Insp Aitken said.

    The Hyde Street event was FAR FROM BEING what police deem A SAFE EVENT, police said in a statement tonight.

    The EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STAKEHOLDERS SHOULD ENABLE continued improvements to redesign this event to make it safe and enjoyable for all, the statement said.

    Well, which is it Inspector?
    A bob each way then?

    If it were me running such a party in Maori Hill I expect the book would have been thrown at me and in clink with a police statement along the lines of zero tolerance.
    Oh I know, we NEED these students here in Dunedin and it is part of the ‘Dunedin Culture’ and they come here because of its unique CULTURE.

    Sadly, the police have to put up with this crap but it might have been better for them to cut this mealy-mouthed bullshit and say either nothing or just what really happened.

    And just who was paying for all the paramedics, ambulances and police presence at this piss up?

  2. Elizabeth

    I started on Hyde Street and was told by some residents: “It’s not even that bad here. Have you been to Castle Street yet?”

    ### Fri, 13 Mar 2015
    ‘He was grinding me’: A Castle Street experience
    By Mava Moayyed
    What goes on in North Dunedin? Last week I went to Dunedin for the very first time. While I was there, I found myself being told rape jokes and grinded on by a kid who been drinking for nine hours. On the street I’d felt at ease, but the drunken kid at the flat left me nervous about what could be brewing under the surface.
    I was in the city to investigate whether the student quarter was as bad as I’d heard. Reports in local media had described it as looking “like the Third World”, with couches burned in the street, glass smashed and party-goers who would drink to oblivion.
    Read more

    █ [Audio here]

  3. Yup Elizabeth
    It’s the Kulcha we need! ….and Grinded! that’s a good word!

  4. Calvin Oaten

    As the saying goes “It starts at the top”. Look no further.

  5. Elizabeth

    Link and message received.
    Sun, 22 Mar 2015 at 11:02 p.m.

    ### Wed, 11 Mar 2015
    On The Dial: She for she
    This week, we celebrate International women’s day, we look at scarfie culture, hear from comedian Andy Zaltzman, and brew our first beer.

    █ Audio:

    BIG KEGGER [21.34 to 27 on audio]
    Next week the Hyde Street Keg Party hits Dunedin in all its boozy glory. It’s an annual student event where thousands gather on the street to dress up and drink. Last year, all 3500 tickets to the event sold out in less than two minutes. Over the past few years, the party has been plagued with troubles – fires, arrests and injuries. Dunedin some students say it’s all part of the University of Otago experience but increasing pressure from Dunedin residents and the council could see tougher restrictions in place to curb dangerous behaviour, not just on Hyde Street, but all over the student quarter. Mava Moayyed went to Dunedin to check out whether “scarfie” culture is alive and well or on its last legs.

    █ Message: “Gorgeous comments about ‘public’ – worst 5% get press …. CCTV coverage??? – comments by Cull – not just behaviour – stressing safety – getting worse? – Hyde St better than it used to be – safety measures – no glass etc – much better event – co-operation occurred – however, street parties can occur instantly with FB etc – also reputation for university and city.”

  6. Elizabeth

    “There were 12 arrests … which is pretty successful given what it was – 4000 students drinking too much.” –Dave Cull, Mayor

    ### ODT Online Mon, 23 Mar 2015
    Street party – a success, or unsafe?
    By Timothy Brown
    Organisers are staying tight-lipped on the future of the Hyde St keg party after a St John vehicle was attacked, a dozen party-goers were arrested and dozens more required medical attention at the event. Despite being hailed as a success by many, including Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, drunken incidents marred the event and led police to say the event was “far from being what police deem a safe event”.
    Read more + Slideshow

    █ Anyone with information on the man who attacked the St John vehicle or who witnessed the incident should contact police on 471-4800.

    █ Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  7. Simon

    Davey boy says: ‘But the problem is in our community there is still a problem around alcohol and that’s not just a student issue.’
    It is more like a Council issue, Davey boy. Who was it that allowed the Octagon to become a cesspool of alcohol, vomit and urine. None other than the Council. Don’t try and pass the buck to the community on this one, Davey boy.

  8. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 24 Mar 2015
    Student’s attack on ambulance slammed
    By Timothy Brown
    St John’s South Island head has slammed the behaviour of a drunken student who shoulder-charged a St John vehicle’s windscreen. “We will not tolerate attacks on our staff or our equipment,” St John South Island region general manager David Thomas wrote in an open letter to Otago’s students, sent to the Otago Daily Times.
    Read more

    █ The 19-year-old student allegedly responsible for shoulder-charging the vehicle’s window and spraying the female paramedic with glass handed himself in to Dunedin police on Sunday.

  9. Elizabeth

    ### March 24, 2015 – 5:51pm
    Hyde Street keg party faces public condemnation
    Organisers of the annual Hyde Street party are reviewing this year’s event, at which a dozen people were arrested. There’s widespread public condemnation of the vandalism of a St John emergency vehicle by one party-goer. And that has some locals calling for change.


    Anyone socialising late at night can see the damage inflicted by people pre-loading with alcohol before swarming into the centre of the city.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 24 Mar 2015
    Editorial: Close to the edge
    OPINION Dunedin has survived another annual Hyde St keg party. Once again, drunken behaviour and stupidity by a few has focused public attention on excessive drinking that can turn planned social events into a place of danger.
    Read more

  10. Peter

    Talk about denial. Again. Here we have Dave Cull saying it was successful. Well, I suppose it was if no-one was killed in the fracas or died from overdosing on booze. This time.
    (Never mind the bad publicity for the university which is struggling with its roll. That’s not a good look, Dave, in case you are wondering.)
    It seems to be a pattern with Cull and most of the Councillors. You pretend to be positive, you hope things get better, you ignore the realities of corruption by wealthy swindlers siphoning the council (lessons learnt, let’s move forward). No accountability is their answer for ‘moving forward’. As if.
    The exposure of the $17m Swann Affair at the DHB is a classic example of eventually doing something when denial is no longer possible. You would think Richard Thomson had learnt something from this time. Now he is on the council as well. Ye Gods.

    • @Peter
      March 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

      You say, “It seems to be a pattern with Cull and most of the Councillors. You pretend to be positive, you hope things get better…”

      Peter, all they (ie Cull and his lot) ever had, was Micawberism. There is no structure to anything that they do or say. They just hope that ‘something might turn up’.

      As someone else said here, “the only thing that will turn up for them is the debt collectors”. Sadly, that is for us to pay like the $125,000 for this booze up.

  11. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 25 Mar 2015
    No decision on diversion for student yet, police say
    By Timothy Brown
    Police have not ruled out diversion for the 19-year-old student who drunkenly attacked a St John vehicle in Dunedin. […] The man is due to appear in the Dunedin District Court on Friday. […] Twelve others were arrested at the event on charges including assaulting security staff, fighting, disorder and offensive behaviour.
    Read more

  12. Elizabeth

    Removing the headline and (bureaucratic smooth-over) propaganda from the article – return to what the Dunedin public/ratepayers think of Hyde Street Keg Party and its continuance !!!

    via ODT
    The future of the Hyde St keg party appears safe despite a handful of drunken incidents marring the annual scarfie drinking session. The Otago University Students’ Association held a debriefing on Tuesday with some of the parties involved in planning the event.

  13. Elizabeth

    Noise complaints spiked to 498, with 369 of those originating in North Dunedin and central Dunedin, and resulted in 14 seizures of sound equipment.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 31 Mar 2015
    Tougher stand on noise complaints
    By Timothy Brown
    The Dunedin City Council is taking a tougher stand against some increasingly ”obnoxious and belligerent” students following a record number of noise complaints. February is typically the noisiest month in the city with O-Week in full swing and students returning from the holiday break, but last month saw a 30% increase in noise complaints from February 2014.
    Read more

  14. Elizabeth

    ### March 31, 2015 – 7:07pm
    Hyde Street keg party goes back to the drawing board
    The fun’s over and now it’s back to the drawing board for the annual Hyde Street student party. Stakeholders are about to meet to brainstorm the next event, and how it can be improved. They hope it’ll be more of a celebration of scarfie life, than a day of drunken disorder.

  15. Elizabeth


    Last year too. This is a CASH COW LANDLORD PROBLEM – (May 2014) “intoxicated people climbed on the roof of the building, causing a headache for police and alarming passersby”.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2015
    Police break up unruly flat party
    By Timothy Brown
    Four students were arrested and a stereo seized from a drunken party in Stafford St yesterday. Police closed the party down with the consent of the three storey flat’s tenants about 4pm. Three men were arrested for offensive behaviour and another for breach of peace, Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane said.
    Read more

  16. Elizabeth


    This is very interesting from a landlord/property investor, from the Peninsula, who attempted to convey to me that he was responsible (joke) not all that long ago, in regard to noisy work he was having done to his Knox Row building in George St – without warning to nearby residences. When confronted directly by me, pretence of the broken wing. Well, now we know !!

    ### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2015
    Planner opposes extra bedrooms
    By Vaughan Elder
    A Dunedin City Council planner has “strongly” recommended against giving retrospective consent for bedrooms illegally added to a pair of student flats.
    Alan and Kay McKay applied for retrospective resource consent for two separate units at 99 Clyde St after a previous owner illegally added extra bedrooms in the lounge area of each unit.
    Read more

  17. Elizabeth

    Cr Benson-Pope said it was unfair the McKays, who were victims, were having to take part in a public process, when the perpetrator, who had “flagrantly flouted” the rules was “basking in anonymity”.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 25 Apr 2015
    DCC to take action against developer
    By Vaughan Elder
    The Dunedin City Council is set to take “high level” enforcement action against a developer who illegally added two rooms to a student flat and then on-sold it. Council staff revealed it was taking action against the developer during a hearing this week where the new owners of the Clyde St property, Alan and Kay McKay, were seeking retrospective consent for the two rooms.
    Read more

  18. Elizabeth

    99 Clyde Street (student apartments)

    ### ODT Online Sat, 23 May 2015
    Owners told to knock down units
    By Carla Green
    A couple [Alan and Kay McKay] will probably have to knock down two bedrooms that a developer illegally added to two student flats before the couple bought them. […] A council legal adviser said the developer, not the current owners of 99 Clyde St, had been charged, and the developer would appear in court on July 23.
    Read more

  19. Elizabeth

    Mr Andersen thought the DCC should also be bringing charges against the McKays, because “they bought it knowing [the extra rooms were] illegal”.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 8 Dec 2015
    $12,000 fine for extra bedrooms
    By Carla Green
    A Dunedin developer has been fined $12,000 after illegally adding bedrooms to a property in the student quarter. Developer Patrick Crowley initially entered a not guilty plea for the charge, but eventually entered a guilty plea after indications from the judge that he was personally responsible for the actions of his company, Campus Flats Ltd, his lawyer said. The company sold the property to Alan and Kay McKay, the current owners, in December 2013.
    Read more

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